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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs

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Master of Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering graduate program is student-centered, providing high-quality instruction in both theory and the latest engineering developments. All our full-time faculty hold doctorates in engineering, and most bring significant industrial experience to the classroom. For the working person, all our classes are held in the late afternoon and evening. Many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry for one or two terms during their course of study.

There are 2 ways to gain admissions to the Master of Mechanical Engineering:


If you are a new Master students or Detroit Mercy undergrad students who did not qualify for the 5-year Bachelor/Master program, you may apply for graduate school either online. Typical (but not absolute) minimum requirements include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a Bachelor degree in Mechanial Engineering or closely related discipline.

5-year Bachelor/Master Program

We offer a convenient way of earning your Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Engineering simultaneously.

If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering program, maintain a 3.25 GPA and are on target to graduate in four year, you may apply to the program.

Advantages of the 5-year program:

  • Some courses during your senior year count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
  • Ability to take some graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate
  • Some of your undergraduate financial aid is extended through your year of graduate study.

A full time student can usually finish the Master's degree within 8 months of the Bachelor's degree versus it may take other master's students more than a year to finish.

The Master of Mechanical Engineering may be completed through either a thesis or non-thesis plan.

MME Thesis Option

The thesis option includes 24 semester-credit hours of course work and six semester-credit hours of thesis effort for a total of 30 semester-credit hours. The thesis effort is a research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and is typically spread across two semesters. After a final formal presentation to the College faculty and students, a properly formatted and duly-approved written thesis must be submitted.

MME Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option consists of 30 semester-credit hours of course work chosen according to the “Course Requirements” section below. An attractive option for students wishing to pursue a topic of their interest is the project-based design course Capstone Design (MENG 5980).  This course is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and the guidance of the departmental faculty. The course assesses the student's ability to synthesize material covered in the graduate curriculum, and culminates in a brief presentation to the departmental faculty along with a written report.


    Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Objectives

    Graduates will have:
    1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to mechanical engineering (Knowledge of mathematics encompasses advanced topics typically including differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations)
    2. an ability to design mechanical systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs
    3. an ability to independently identify, research, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems
    4. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for mechanical engineering practice

Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The doctoral program requires 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the engineering baccalaureate. Additionally, 30 credit hours of dissertation are required.

For more information on the Doctor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

Chair: Dr. Mark Schumack
Office: Engineering 275
McNichols Campus
4001 McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221-3038
Telephone: 313- 993-3370

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